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fronts but it all started nine years ago here in the bay area. it started here in san francisco eagled city hall where a band of officials took the step of challenging a law they were expected to enforce. february 12th. 2004 the mayor ordered the approval of marriage licenses to people of the same sex. cheering and angering many. now he said it started when he heard the president's 2004 state of the union address. >> the president said that he supported a congressional amendment to ban same sex marriage. all the sudden two days, three days later there were lines outside city hall, i remember driving, around the corner, my mouth dropped saying what's going on? >> the next day a sacramento man filed suit to stop the marriages. >> someone had to hold newsom who violated his oath and state law, someone had to haled him responsible. >> reporter: the city attorney led the legal charge for san francisco. he recalls giving his legal counsel to the mayor. >> we put a team on it to look at it free every angle. >> the court issued a cease and desist order and invalidated the marriages that h
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